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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/27/2011 01:00 (Entered as : 07/27/11 1:00)
Reported: 7/30/2011 10:51:48 PM 22:51
Posted: 8/7/2011
Location: East Setauket, NY
Shape: Circle
Duration: 2 minutes
Characteristics: The object changed color
Port Jefferson

My friend and I were sitting on the beach of conscience bay on the Strongs Neck side facing the west-southwest. The bay is about 400 meters across with 40-50 foot trees on either side. I noticed a small red dot pop straight up on the horizon from the west-southwest that was not blinking, but thought nothing of it, believing it was just a plane. It was like a small red star or just the light of a plane. It appeared to be a plane miles away, and it appeared to be about 20 degrees above the horizon, or a few degrees above the trees.

I noticed it started to wiggle left and right and I figured it must have been closer than I thought and might fly over the bay soon. I mentioned it to my friend and he looked up and saw it wasn't doing anything, so he ignored it.

The red dot hung in the same position for about 2 minutes, and then suddenly it changed color from red to orange. This got our attention. A few seconds later, it appeared to become 40 times the size as before, like 40 times the size of a bright star, or 1/4th the size of a full moon in the sky, appearing to travel miles closer to us almost instantaneously. It looked like a small sun at sunset due to its orange color.

In this same second, it traveled a short distance so rapidly to the right (north) that it appeared to blur the whole distance, and then in the next second it appeared to travel back from where it came from (west-southwest) and became a small red dot the same size it was when it first appeared, and then about a second later it became a very tiny dot and a second later was completely gone. It appeared to do this just above and beyond the trees on the other side of the bay.

My friend stood up from where he was sitting in shock gasping for breath because he was in such disbelief. He had the wind knocked out of him. I just sat there in disbelief. The object was so bright the dot was still in his eyes, although I don't believe I experienced that effect. Either way it was the strangest experience I've ever had and couldn't have possibly imagined actually seeing something like that in real life.